White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced his resignation on Friday after the hiring of a new top communications aide, creating a major shakeup in the President’s communications department.
Spicer’s departure was confirmed just moments after President Trump met with the man being tapped for White House communications director, Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci.
There has been speculation surrounding Spicer and the stability of his job as White House Press Secretary. The appointment of Scaramucci was seen as a deciding factor in his resignation.
Spicer tweeted Friday afternoon, “It’s been an honor & a privilege to serve @POTUS @realDonaldTrump & this amazing country. I will continue my service through August.”
Originally, Spicer was supposed to lead a newly restructured communications department. Under that system, the communications director would report to him, which may have caused a conflict with Scaramucci. And Spicer reportedly questioned the hiring.
Recently, Trump has shown a lot of frustration with the ongoing Russia meddling probe and the massive attention it receives in the media. Throughout the controversey, Spicer has always come to Trump’s defense, but had taken on a lower-profile role in recent weeks.
Spicer’s daily briefings were a must-see event during the opening months of the Trump presidency. But Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has since taken the lead on many daily press briefings as of late.
While Spicer is close to White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, Priebus told The Associated Press that he supports Scaramucci “100 percent.”
“We go back a long, long way and are very good friends,” Priebus said of Scaramucci. “All good here.”
During the 2016 election, Spicer was the chief strategist and communications director of the Republican National Committee. He later came to the White House as Press Secretary along with Priebus, the former RNC chairman, who is Trump’s chief of staff.